The negative effects of the government shutdown are largely lopsided. While up to 800,000 government employees have been furloughed with little possibility of backpay, the Congressmen who are to blame will still collect a check. For that reason, many Washington D.C. area restaurants are serving up their own form of justice, by offering “shutdown specials.”
Furloughed government workers can now experience a variety of perks, to help alleviate the costs of the shutdown with discounts and giveaways on food and drinks around D.C. The Georgetown Sprinkles Cupcakes location will give a free cupcake to any government employee with a valid ID. And if they buy a cup of coffee at Bayou Bakery, they’ll throw in free beignets. At Quill at The Jefferson Hotel, anyone is welcome to $2 “furlough fries.” Urbana has agreed to extend their Happy Hour one hour for every day that the shutdown lasts, and Asia Nine will donate 10 percent of their checks to government employees.
But these eateries aren’t just lending a hand. They’re slapping a few too. While everyone else enjoys Happy Hour prices at Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe, Congressmen pay double. And at Range, owned by Top Chef Masters‘ Bryan Voltaggio, “Government Cheese” margherita pizza is on the house. Voltaggio made one exception very clear, tweeting, “Forgot to mention… members of congress not eligible until you get your sh-t together.”